Lauren bets on herself and moves out of San Fran, but can she take the pressure of going solo? Getting it Together comes to a dramatic end in a warm and fun way.
Nipslip may have played their best gig ever, but it may also be their last. Lauren makes a tough call to leave the band, betting on herself by going solo in Los Angeles. Although she has been the star of the band, there are doubts about whether or not she has what it takes to go it alone. Meanwhile, Sam and Jack figure some stuff out.
Although Getting it Together is mostly an ensemble story, Lauren is really at the center of it all, especially in this oversized finale. Everything revolves around her and the other characters are pushed to a distant B story. This is fine as Lauren’s tale is so very compelling as she figures out what she really wants to do with her life and where she wants to take it next. There are some definite parallels to co-writer Sina Grace’s recent work in Ghosted in LA, although Getting it Together doesn’t have any dead people.
Grace and co-writer Omar Spahi pull us into Lauren’s life so we’re with her 100%. We have all faced these kind of frustrations and pressure before. She is taking a chance on this, upending her entire life to try and make it as a singer. It could all go horribly wrong. That’s a tremendous amount of stress and it’s shown in a really natural way.
The first half of Getting it Together is illustrated by Jenny D. Fine. This style is perfect for the closing of Nipslip’s big gig, especially after everyone took some drugs and starts tripping balls. Fine’s forms weave around the page, barely contained in loose panels. Wavy images float around the characters as they have some deep conversations about their lives. Colorist Mx. Stuble makes these pages come alive in beautiful pinks and yellows that amplify the energy involved.
The tone shifts in the latter half of the issue as Grace picks up the art duties. This coincides with Lauren’s trip to Los Angeles so it fits with the change in style. I’m not usually a fan of swapping artists midway through an arc, let alone a single issue, but this works really well here. Grace’s pencils are a bit more structured, meshing with Lauren’s attempt to bring some balance to her life. I will never get tired of the expressions in his work. They say so much.
Letterer Sean Konot uses a variety of methods for the dialogue, from traditional word balloons to wavy song lyrics to text windows. These all work towards the common goal of telling a riveting story in interesting ways.
Getting it Together is a breath of fresh air in the comics space. It’s a wholly unique slice of life book with great characters, solid artwork, and all kinds of drama. It’s a nice change of pace from the bombastic action of super hero titles and it’s so very welcome. We need more comics like this.